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Because Language - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård

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Because Language - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Because Language - a podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Daniel Midgley, Ben Ainslie, and Hedvig Skirgård

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A podcast about linguistics, the science of language.

Latest Episodes

13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/13-white-supremacy/ Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod The definition of white supremacy: is it expanding, or are we just getting better at recognising it and its reach? How does white supremacy show itself in language and in linguistics? Kelly Wright talks about her work in sociolinguistics, and how we all can do better.

85 min2 d ago
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13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

Blog post with show notes: becauselanguage.com/11-aboriginal-english-yarning/ Patreon: patreon.com/join/becauselangpod Aboriginal English has been around a long while, but linguists have not taken the opportunity to really listen to the voices of Aboriginal people. Two researchers are changing that. They're gathering stories to find out what Aboriginal English is like, and how it's changing. Daniel sits down with them for a wicked long yarn on this episode of Because Language.

65 min3 w ago
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11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/9-ozclo/ How to listen: http://becauselanguage.com/listen/ OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, where Australian high school students compete with others around the world by solving language puzzles. This week, we've invited some of Australia's best students to test their linguistic knowledge against us! Who will prevail?

101 minSEP 19
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9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

EBlog post: http://becauselanguage.com/8-how-translatable-are-languages/ Patreon: http://patreon.com/becauselangpod/ Language and culture are intertwined, and a new research project discovers that the meanings of words diverge as culture does. But this big-data experiment is attracting the ire of anthropologists. Why the friction? Researcher Gary Lupyan joins us for this episode of Because Language.

66 minSEP 6
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8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

ELinguistics as a discipline has some work to do.

83 minAUG 11
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6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

5: The LSA Open Letter

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/5-the-lsa-open-letter/ Support the show with Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/becauselangpod An open letter to the LSA has ignited a furious debate among linguists and the wider public about who represents public linguistics — and who gets to set the terms of acceptable public debate. The establishmentarians say it’s about free expression. We think it’s about power. If you’re wondering what’s going on, this bonus episode is for you.

69 minJUL 22
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5: The LSA Open Letter

4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/4-bilingual-advantages/ Support the show with Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/becauselangpod We’ve heard a lot about the cognitive benefits of bilingualism. But then we’ve also seen a lot of the supposed benefits get walked back. What are the facts? Does being bilingual provide any cognitive advantage? What factors does this depend on? We’re talking to researcher Iryna Khodos on this episode of Because Language.

78 minJUL 14
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4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

EDavid Crystal tells us about his book Let’s Talk on this episode of Because Language.

73 minJUL 6
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3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/2-mailbag-of-iconoclasm/ Become a patron! https://www.patreon.com/join/becauselangpod Time to get to this Mailbag! - Why are flip-flops called 'thongs'? - When people write the date as '7 April' or 'April 7', do they also say it that way? - Why do we add 'up' to verbs like 'cut up' or 'eat up'? - Why do some words have opposite meanings?

58 minJUN 16
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2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

1: Our Favourite Things

EFor our first episode, we asked some of our linguist and lingo-pod friends what their favourite thing is about language.

71 minJUN 8
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1: Our Favourite Things

Latest Episodes

13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/13-white-supremacy/ Support the show on Patreon: http://patreon.com/join/becauselangpod The definition of white supremacy: is it expanding, or are we just getting better at recognising it and its reach? How does white supremacy show itself in language and in linguistics? Kelly Wright talks about her work in sociolinguistics, and how we all can do better.

85 min2 d ago
Comments
13: White Supremacy (with Kelly Wright)

11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

Blog post with show notes: becauselanguage.com/11-aboriginal-english-yarning/ Patreon: patreon.com/join/becauselangpod Aboriginal English has been around a long while, but linguists have not taken the opportunity to really listen to the voices of Aboriginal people. Two researchers are changing that. They're gathering stories to find out what Aboriginal English is like, and how it's changing. Daniel sits down with them for a wicked long yarn on this episode of Because Language.

65 min3 w ago
Comments
11: Aboriginal English: Yarning (with Glenys Collard and Celeste Rodriguez Louro)

9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/9-ozclo/ How to listen: http://becauselanguage.com/listen/ OzCLO is the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad, where Australian high school students compete with others around the world by solving language puzzles. This week, we've invited some of Australia's best students to test their linguistic knowledge against us! Who will prevail?

101 minSEP 19
Comments
9: OzCLO (with Henry Wu, Elisabeth Mayer, and the students of Sydney Girls School and Sydney Boys School)

8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

EBlog post: http://becauselanguage.com/8-how-translatable-are-languages/ Patreon: http://patreon.com/becauselangpod/ Language and culture are intertwined, and a new research project discovers that the meanings of words diverge as culture does. But this big-data experiment is attracting the ire of anthropologists. Why the friction? Researcher Gary Lupyan joins us for this episode of Because Language.

66 minSEP 6
Comments
8: How Translatable Are Languages? (with Gary Lupyan)

6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

ELinguistics as a discipline has some work to do.

83 minAUG 11
Comments
6: Decolonising Linguistics: Grammars (with Hannah Gibson)

5: The LSA Open Letter

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/5-the-lsa-open-letter/ Support the show with Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/becauselangpod An open letter to the LSA has ignited a furious debate among linguists and the wider public about who represents public linguistics — and who gets to set the terms of acceptable public debate. The establishmentarians say it’s about free expression. We think it’s about power. If you’re wondering what’s going on, this bonus episode is for you.

69 minJUL 22
Comments
5: The LSA Open Letter

4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/4-bilingual-advantages/ Support the show with Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/join/becauselangpod We’ve heard a lot about the cognitive benefits of bilingualism. But then we’ve also seen a lot of the supposed benefits get walked back. What are the facts? Does being bilingual provide any cognitive advantage? What factors does this depend on? We’re talking to researcher Iryna Khodos on this episode of Because Language.

78 minJUL 14
Comments
4: Bilingual Advantages (with Iryna Khodos)

3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

EDavid Crystal tells us about his book Let’s Talk on this episode of Because Language.

73 minJUL 6
Comments
3: Let's Talk (with David Crystal)

2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

EBlog post with show notes: http://becauselanguage.com/2-mailbag-of-iconoclasm/ Become a patron! https://www.patreon.com/join/becauselangpod Time to get to this Mailbag! - Why are flip-flops called 'thongs'? - When people write the date as '7 April' or 'April 7', do they also say it that way? - Why do we add 'up' to verbs like 'cut up' or 'eat up'? - Why do some words have opposite meanings?

58 minJUN 16
Comments
2: Mailbag of Iconoclasm

1: Our Favourite Things

EFor our first episode, we asked some of our linguist and lingo-pod friends what their favourite thing is about language.

71 minJUN 8
Comments
1: Our Favourite Things

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